“Self-regulation is the key to a successful performance. We teach our artists how to regulate their emotions, their thoughts, their attention, indeed their entire learning and performance process.
My job is to allow artists to perform without excuses and without the fear of failure, to perform because they have a deep seated desire to express the human condition through music.“
Dr Ralph Strehle, Director of Performance at Mascarade Emerging Artists
“I’m interested in the individuality of the artist, in trying to help each singer find and express their unique musical voice. From the moment we are born, we breathe and use our voices to express ourselves with pitch, modulation and dynamic through a natural bodily engagement prompted by the relevant emotion. I work with singers to find that same natural emotional and physical connection with their material, lifting it from something “learned” to something real and personal.”
Julia Lynch, Joint Head of Music at Mascarade Emergent Artists
“There isn’t another instrument which can touch or affect as much as the human voice. When it’s in place and expressive, there’s a veracity, a fourth dimension that it enters. There is nothing so powerful and nothing so simple. However, it is difficult to achieve this. My aim is always to try to help the singer find this freedom of expression, and to sing with artistry, beauty and longevity.“
Jonathan Papp, Joint Head of Music at Mascarade Emerging Artists
Our training framework is based on insights from performance psychology research in a variety of domains such as sports, business, health and education. As a multi-layered, integrative training framework with internal follow-up systems, it comprises and connects a number of theories and models in the areas of coaching, practice and performance.
Mascarade Emerging Artists welcomes artists from all backgrounds and nations. We recognise the benefits that a variety of experience and cultural contexts brings to both an individual’s performances and the group’s interactions as a whole. In addition to programme places being fully funded, we are also able to support artists with caring commitments through helping secure couple and family-friendly accommodation, as well as advice on moving to Italy. We ask that any artist who is interested in applying for the programme but concerned about any barrier they might face in taking up a position please get in touch with us as early as possible to discuss how we can help. We firmly believe that exceptional talent should be developed, wherever it is found.
Applications are welcomed from artists of exceptional talent at the initial stages of their career. It is expected that most applicants will have completed postgraduate conservatoire or equivalent training, have significant performance experience and have a track record of excellence. We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds and are available to discuss any questions or requirements to support you in applying.
There is an upper age limit of 30. We recognise that people follow a variety of paths to a classical singing career, however it is rare that we would consider applications from artists over the age of 30.